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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (11 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140913136X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409131366
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 17.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bradley Wiggins is the Olympic gold-medal winning cyclist who has achieved all there is to achieve in his sport. The new PB edition of 'In Pursuit of Glory' contains material on the 2009 Tour De France.

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ON TOUR is a brutally honest account of this year's Tour...ON TOUR puts road cycling and, ultimately, the burden of expectation which comes with it, on centre stage. (ROADCYCLINGUK.COM)

As well as Wiggins's brutally honest account of his Tour...the book is illustrated by Mitchell's stunningly atmospheric black-and-white photographs (MSN.CO.UK)

Great new book by Bradley Wiggins...A great gift for anyone interested in cycling like me!! (Sir Paul Smith)

An illuminating insight into life in and out of the saddle (SPORT MAGAZINE)

a suitably gritty but illuminating book...supplemented by atmospheric black-and-white photographs. (Donald McRae THE GUARDIAN)

Beautifully supported by Scott Mitchell's photography...Contains wit, intelligence, self-awareness and brilliant appreciation of fellow riders, a credit to Wiggins (Huw Richards THE GUARDIAN)

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Behind the scenes at the 2010 Tour de France with Britain's greatest hope, Bradley Wiggins.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. Nixon on 16 Nov. 2010
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As a fan of all things Bradley Wiggins I was always going to like this book but its a really good read and gives a fascinating insight into the life of a professional cyclist on the Tour. It's more interesting because Wiggo's 2010 tour was not as successful as he hoped so the book is unusual in that it does more than just list his successes and the good times. The anecdotes and views on fellow riders are a refreshing change from the corporate messaging that comes out of most interviews and commentary around the TdF. The contemporaneous style and content of the book also make it more interesting. The photos tell their own story which runs as a parallel commentary on Wiggo's progress in the 2010 TdF. Definitely worth reading for itself but also a great Christmas present for anyone with an interest in the TdF, cycling or just professional sport generally.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Barnes on 27 Dec. 2010
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Perhaps it's unfair to compare this book with Brad's first book as they are two very different beasts, but for me this is by far the better. The autobiography was a typical premature sports publication, this however is a book perfectly weighted and perfectly timed. It's written as a diary of the 2010 Tour de France with additional afterthoughts sprinkled in. It takes you into the mind and experience of a Tour rider battling in a race which didn't go to plan, he talks about his respect for other riders and comments on some of the controversies of the race. It's an easy book to read and it's all of interest, written in a chatty and personal style. It doesn't take long to read as it's not very long but the enjoyment I got from the two evenings it took me to finish it was worth every penny. There is more space taken by the photographs by Scott Mitchell than the words of Wiggins so it's really a joint publication, and the pictures are a fantastic fly on the wall collection which absolutely enhance the text.
Thoroughly recommended
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Lightfoot on 13 Dec. 2010
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This book races past like a stage in the Tour. This is reportage in book form. In between the excellent black and white photographs are conversation pieces from different periods from the 2010 Tour that are loosely chronological, with occasional digressions into the work of bike mechanics, a personal take on Lance A, and even a Wiggins play list - a mixture of 60's Mod, Brit Pop and Northern Soul -, which he listened to on the Tour. This is all interesting enough, but it is not going to pull up any trees. Yet there is much that is endearing about Wiggins, and this, perhaps, is the books strength. His is a character tempered by taste and integrity, and the book says much about Wiggins the world class athlete and Wiggins the self-confessed Mod, or as Pete Meaden like to describe it, 'clean living under difficult circumstances'. Such a phrase perfectly sums up his attitude to cycle racing. Wiggins will put out better books than this, yet for all of its brevity, it gives some measure of the man and therein lies its appeal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jonnylennon on 18 Aug. 2011
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If you are tired of reading the same old cycling drug scandals (excluding Millars recent epic novel) then this book is for you. I loved it and continue to love it as it sits perfectly on the coffee table and is great for a photographic flick through. It's the perfect mix of ultra cool snap shots and just enough really interesting and highly entertaining sound bites. It captures perfectly the essence of the new rider in the new peleton......honest, hard working, human and full of emotion. Coupled with my Chasing Legends DVD it injects a vivid sense of reality and a return to heart and soul of the world greatest sport. Highly reccomended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neville Hawkin on 3 Jan. 2011
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From cover to cover a fascinating read and a real insight into both man and event. It's a difficult book to put down, 'just one more chapter' being the usual response to any interuption. A surprising format, though. With the excellent black and white photographs that feature on almost every page it was surely worthy of hardback status.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tarpig on 25 Jan. 2011
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Candid blow by blow account from a leading Tour de France competitor who doesn't shrink from telling as it is when his hopes and plans for a high overall finish place go pear shaped. Bradley was under intense pressure to perform in the 2010 TDF and this diary account reveals what was going through his mind whilst under the media spotlight. Wry, enthusiastic, entertaining and honest sharing of the highs and lows of an under-achieving campaign. Black and white photos compliment and imaginatively support the narrative.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Monaghan on 22 Mar. 2012
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I'm sceptical of most sports autobiographies (despite having read Brad's and Cav's). But I was needing something to help kick start my training this year. This book did precisely that. An inspiring and honest look at the tour and the way it didn't quite pan out as Wiggins had hoped. He's an intriguing character; someone who is obvisouly not that keen on media quips and sound-bites but someone whom you feel would be genuinely interesting to know.
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